Fifty eight graduates from the Eastern Cape and 35 graduates from the Western Cape received their qualifications as Chefs over the last week, with more provinces scheduled for November 2019 and January 2020.
JOHANNESBURG: The annual Lilizela Tourism Awards took place on Saturday, 09 November 2019, honouring excellence in South Africa’s tourism and hospitality industry - which drives the industry to levels of greatness through providing the highest standards of service excellence.
The objectives of the Tourism Monitors Programme is primarily the enhancement of tourism safety awareness at key tourism attractions and consequently reduce the number of criminal incidents that are directed against tourists, to eliminate opportunities for such crime and to integrate current tourism safety and awareness initiatives into sustainable programmes.
It is my pleasure to be here with you today, to witness this special occasion, the graduation ceremony of Tourism Monitors. Tourism is a key economic pillar and a significant generator of revenue and employment. Government’s recognition of the critical importance of tourism in the economy is evident in the sector’s inclusion as one of the priority areas in the National Development Plan .
Our tourist attractions as a country can only do so much to attract tourists, however, the people of South Africa need to make a concerted effort to continually increase the levels of hospitality and friendliness, and the general level of service.
The theme of this expo: “Broadening Your Horizons through Tourism Opportunities” is reflective of the skills revolution we are currently embarking upon as a country. Tourism is an industry capable of mass absorption of semi-skilled and skilled labour.
In celebration of Tourism Month, the Department of Tourism announces the opening of the final application window in the current budget cycle for the Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF) and the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP). The application window is now open for a period of seven months until 31 March 2020.
This year National Tourism Career Expo's theme, "Broadening Your Horizons Through Tourism Opportunities" speaks directly to the expectations of World Tourism Organisation in their conceptualisation of international Tourism Month, of which in South Africa will be celebrated under the theme "Tourism and jobs - a better future for all"
Officials from the Department of Tourism will visit multiple sites across the country to interact with tourists and encourage Responsible and Safe tourism practices this holiday season.
Today more than 2000 from across the country assembled in what is dubbed as the biggest learner excursion in South Africa at the opening Ceremony of the 10th Edition of the National Tourism Career Expo.
Minister Tokozile Xasa will host the annual Women in Tourism (WiT) Conference in Port Elizabeth themed: "Sustainable Tourism: A Tool for Radical Socio-Economic Development for Women".
Community beneficiation is at the heart of the National Rural Tourism Strategy, Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said today. The Minister launched the National Rural Tourism Strategy and also unveiled phase 3 of the Donkey Cart Project in Wupperthal, Cederberg, in the Western Cape.
The launch will highlight the expo as an interactive, not to be missed event for learners, educators and unemployed youth looking to start a career in the tourism and hospitality sector.
The Department of Tourism in conjunction with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (LEDET) and its marketing agency, the Limpopo Tourism Authority (LTA), celebrated World Tourism Day (WTD) on 25 September, in a ceremony inspired by the culture and heritage of Limpopo – under the localised tourism month theme – "A Million New Opportunities Await."
The Sand Du Plessis Theatre will be a place to be from the 01-03 October 2015. Some 10 000 learners, 750 educators, close to 500 unemployed graduates and tourism students will converge at the theatre for the National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) 2015 under the theme “Tourism: Alive with Opportunities”.
The baton for the National Tourism Careers Expo has been passed on to the Free State – the third of our provinces to host this prominent event for the next period of three years. Before this, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape have already helped us to mainstream tourism as a career of choice amongst the youth of South Africa by hosting successful Expos for the past 6 years.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has urged Northern Cape tourism business owners to join hands with the three spheres of government to grow tourism in the province.
Tonight is about acknowledging and rewarding excellence. It is about identifying the best out of an impressive reservoir of excellence. Most importantly, tonight is about you. You have been selected as the best of the best.
"We have built these facilities to enhance this world heritage site. The Witsieshoek project is a perfect example of what can be achieved when government works hand in hand with the community to develop tourism in an inclusive and sustainable manner," said Hanekom.